Coins Certified as of 1/24

My Coin #15429713

1856-S $10 MS61

PCGS#: 8621

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: One variety of the 1856-S Eagle features a mintmark placed beneath the talon and the fletch of the arrow.  While this is an unusual positioning for an S-Mint No Motto Eagle, it is normal for most other mintmarked No Motto Eagles.  All this indicates is that Mint employers were not always consistent in their placement of mintmarks, which were added by hand to the individual dies.

David Akers (1975/88): The 1856-S is rare in any condition and is particularly rare in high grade. Only a few that grade as high as AU are known and there are no more than two or possibly three uncirculated examples. When available, this date is invariably only VF or EF. It is interesting to note that despite its considerable rarity, the 1856-S is the second commonest S-Mint Eagle (the 1854-S is the most common) prior to 1879. This is a strong indication of just how rare these San Francisco Mint issues are because the 1856-S is by no stretch of the imagination common. Both small and large mintmark varieties exist and the Small S variety is the more common.


Diameter: 26.80 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 68,000 Weight: 16.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 250 R-6.6 48 / 64 TIE 84 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 26 / 64 TIE 44 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS61 PCGS grade  

Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection